70 Gracechurch Street

Chamfered and filleted corners seem a natural choice for the tight streets of the central London. Sometimes bound by regulations, new buildings are often deprived of the corner and the design possibilities it provides: to impose, lure and stand out.

The designer of the 70 Gracechurch Street building in London, where a Marks & Spencer is housed, didn’t see a problem. The filleted corners that could have been tepid and meek, now boast ribs, contain the growl of a medieval man-at-arms, or a roar of a machine behind the radiator grille. Everything else, the ashlar facade imitation, the recessed top floors, the type of glass used seems to be in perfect accordance with the neighborhood.

 

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